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Dr. David L. Rice


Dr. David L. Rice, 90, founding and first president of the University of Southern Indiana, passed away at 7:10 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, January 15, 2020, in York, Pennsylvania.

Visitation will be Friday, January 24, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in Carter Hall, University Center West on the University of Southern Indiana campus. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Reverend Father Bernard A. Lutz, a good friend of Dr. Rice who was a campus minister at the University for many years, will lead a prayer vigil when family and friends will share memories of Dr. Rice. Funeral services will be in Carter Hall Saturday, January 25, at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. The Reverend Michael P. Monahan, pastor of Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, will officiate.

Visitation will also be held for Dr. Rice at 4 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at Machledt and Servies Funeral Home, 301 E. Green Street, Waveland. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 27, at Machledt and Servies Funeral Home.

Dr. Rice will be buried with military honors at the Fordice Family section of Portland Mills Church Cemetery in Parke County. Following his burial service the Rice family has extended an invitation for family and friends to join them at Turkey Run State Park where dinner will be provided. Memorial gifts may be made to the University of Southern Indiana (USI) Foundation for the David L. and Betty Fordice Rice Presidential Scholarship Endowment, 8600 University Blvd. Evansville, IN 47712.

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